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Active Cinema Hike

Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this easy 3.5 mile hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain. Join festival staff and guests and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism, and strategies for action. Bring water and sublock, and wear good walking shoes. All are welcome! Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot.
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 10:00 AM
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Charm City

Baltimore’s Eastern District is best known as the setting of HBO’s fictional series The Wire, but to its inhabitants, high unemployment, drug use, and poverty are all too real. In Marilyn Ness’ intimate, often heart-wrenching documentary, we meet the community leaders, police officers, and city council members who are trying to stem the tide of violence that has engulfed the city in recent years. Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton runs the Rose Street Community Center, providing services the city can’t (or won’t), while his protégé Alex Long coaches kickboxing for kids. Although Alex calls the community a place with “too much police and not enough justice,” the police officers we meet act as social workers, marriage counselors, and more, while Councilman Brandon Scott advocates a holistic approach to the “disease” of gun violence. The humanity of these individuals, who clearly care deeply about their community, offers hope in a place that has little to spare.
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 8:45 PM
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 12:00 PM
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From Baghdad to The Bay

Wrongfully accused of being a double agent due to his family ties to the Ba’ath Party, Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi translator for the US Army, winds up detained, tortured, and interrogated by US Military Police. Under great duress, Alsharif confesses to a truth that has been hiding in plain sight for his entire life: He is gay. Unable to stay in Iraq due to the danger his position brings upon himself and his family, he seeks political asylum in the US and lands in San Francisco. Despite newfound liberation and an exciting career as a chef, the loss of connection to his family and homeland is felt throughout the narrative. Utilizing nearly a decade of footage that is vulnerable, candid, intimate, and at times humorous, From Bagdad to The Bay touches upon themes easily recognizable to those who have had to flee their homes to save themselves: alienation, post-traumatic stress, despair, hope, and rebirth.
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:15 PM
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Harvest Season

Meet the people who prune, bud, harvest, sample, press, and blend grapes from wood vine to bottle and bring together the extraordinary tastes of some of the world’s great wines produced in our neighboring Napa Valley. Director Bernardo Ruiz explores all the stages of wine production as seen and sensed by the individuals who contribute to the journey of these grapes from vine to vintage. Three storylines illustrate the passions of harvesters and winemakers in search of “the heart of the grape:” A migrant worker travels to Napa from Mexico to work the fields; Sonoma-born Vanessa Robledo embodies a proud heritage of three generations of Latino viticulturists through her leadership of Robledo, Black Coyote, and Mi Sueno wineries; and veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila—whose story, in part, inspired the film Bottle Shock—produces his own label. Their stories converge during the all-important harvest season, dramatically affected by the 2017 wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:45 PM
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Stay Human

What does it mean to be human? What connects people around the globe? How can we celebrate the beauty of love and life in a world turned upside down? These are just a few of the questions world-renowned musician Michael Franti explores in this captivating and stirring documentary. Through his socially conscious work in Spearhead, Bay Area-based artist Franti has dedicated his life to speaking up for the underrepresented by creating positive energy during chaotic times. This striking film shines a glowing light on people around the world who embrace hope amidst overwhelming challenges. Through stories and songs, Franti captures the energy and drive of a diverse group of inspirational modern-day heroes. From an Indonesian midwife to a young couple battling the ravages of ALS, Franti uncovers the love and humanity possible in dire conditions and exposes his own struggles, creating an emotional resonance that is moving and motivating at once.
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 6:00 PM6:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 12:30 PM
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Time for Ilhan

Navigating multilayered prejudice with grace and grit, Ilhan Omar serves as a voice for the voiceless and an inspiration to the global new wave of women running for public office as she seeks to unseat a 43-year incumbent from the Minnesota House of Representatives. If Omar wins the election, she will be the first Somali American elected to a legislature in the United States. A skillful community organizer and young wife and mother, Omar reaches out to those in her district being left behind: Somali and other East African refugees and immigrants dealing with poverty and high unemployment; college students bearing crushing loan debt; and voters seeking more social and environmental justice. This intimate, riveting account of Omar’s 2016 run reflects the national Democratic Party’s chasm between entrenched moderates and younger, more progressive candidates, often female and people of color. The twists and turns of Omar’s trailblazing career amplify the message at this sea change in US po
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 5:30 PM
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 8:30 PM
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Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?

The married father of two young sons with a degree from the United States Naval Academy, 29-year-old Navy Lt. Wes Van Dorn died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA, during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole seeks an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spur a local reporter’s investigation, which uncovers a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the MH-53 helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and among the deadliest aircraft in the US military fleet. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy and a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 4:00 PM
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 3:15 PM
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Wild DaZe

In her compelling documentary, Phyllis Stuart explores African wildlife on the brink as human activity takes its toll. Humans are tied to animal welfare in ways both ethical and existential. Through interviews with a wide swath of experts from Dame Jane Goodall to hunters, Stuart offers a multifaceted view of African ecosystems as they relate to global animal rights, human rights, and the environment. Rampant corruption that allows poaching, the ivory trade, and the illicit bush meat market to flourish complicates animal rights activists’ fight to save species that are nearing extinction. With passion and conviction, Wild DaZe invites us to take on the role of protector in response to the widespread exploitation of our environment and the animals who call it home.
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 6:30 PM
Wed, Oct 10, 2018 8:30 PM
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 5:30 PM
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